archives : July 2010


Morocco - United Kingdom - Western Sahara
Michael Palin and Terry Jones were among the celebrities attending a private view of a photographs from the Western Sahara refugee camps in London on Wednesday. The pair of Pythons joined other actors including Neighbours star Nicola Quilter at the event which showed images of refugees from one of the world’s longest and most forgotten conflicts. - Thursday 29 July 2010

In Morocco, and north Africa, there is a serious problem of racism towards Black people. Called “Black Africans,” they are considered descendants of slaves and labeled “hartani”—literally, “second-rate free men”—or even worse, “aâzi”—which translates to “bloody Negro”. Blacks in Morocco, be they students, migrants, from the South of the Sahara or others, are constant victims of discrimination... - Thursday 29 July 2010

Panafrica - Ethiopia - United Kingdom
The second of my three part series, exposing some of our problems and what could be a possible way out, seeks to explore the enticing idea of declaring some African governments bankrupt in order to get rid of them. The Ethiopian government under Meles Zenawi looks like the ideal candidate. - Thursday 29 July 2010

Recent reports released by the Nigerian Police Force claims that 32 of its men were assassinated by members of Boko Haram- an Islamic sect who instigated a religious rebellion against the Nigerian government July last year. - Thursday 29 July 2010

South africa - Nigeria
South African photographer Pieter Hugo has immortalized a troop of hyena handlers in Nigeria in his series "The Hyena and Other Men". The group, composed of seven men, has an even more unusual side attraction: A 6 year old girl who rides the hyenas as if they were ponies. Pieter Hugo’s photographs expose the myth of the "Gadawan Kura", as they are called in Hausa. - Thursday 29 July 2010

Panafrica - Somalia - Netherlands
Some people accuse us old guards of not adopting new ways and new solutions even to old and persistent problems and I think it is perhaps high time we considered novel approaches and solutions to deal with those stubborn problems that have refused to leave us. Here, the first of a three part series of some of our problems and what could be a possible way out. - Wednesday 28 July 2010

Scores of asylum seekers from African countries are languishing in Zimbabwe prisons with hardened criminals as most of them are quickly arrested by authorities upon arrival. - Wednesday 28 July 2010

Universal access to treatment, progress in scientific understanding of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and the importance of human rights in responding to the disease highlighted the 18th International AIDS Conference. - Wednesday 28 July 2010

Panafrica - Libya
Amidst the issues of the African Union offensive in Somalia and an international arrest warrant against Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir at the just ended African Union summit in Kampala, Uganda, Libyan Leader Muammar Gaddafi found time to push for a United States of Africa. - Wednesday 28 July 2010

Burundi - Djibouti - Uganda - Somalia
As the 15th AU summit closed today in Kampala, African Union chairman, also president of Malawi Bingu wa Mutharika said that the big turn up despite recent bomb blasts in Uganda is a sign of solidarity among African countries. - Tuesday 27 July 2010

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